A flock of birbs

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-20-2021 08:17 PM 819 views 0 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been carving birds lately (or birbs, since they’re cute and small). First is ash (not recommended for beginners), next is cherry (better, but the curly cherry scrap I used had some interesting grain to work with), and finally juniper (not bad, but brittle).

Carved with various Morakniv knives, ranging from a slöjd knife to their 8cm long Basic knife. Then sanded, generally with 60, 120, 180 and 220 grits before being finished with BLO and shellac.

Ruler in the background for those who want to know how big they are. They’re generally small enough to be held in a hand.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-20-2021 08:51 PM

Dave, pretty sure you don’t have a “lane” when it comes to woodworking. I think that’s a good thing BTW.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 05-20-2021 08:52 PM

Nice work. How do you display them? A together or separately

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 05-20-2021 09:00 PM

very nice carving Dave – I guess using different lumber hones the craft and it looks like it’s working

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 05-20-2021 09:04 PM

Thanks, SteveN.

Thanks, Don. I currently am setting them in bowls which are sitting on top of my bookcases. My sweetie suggests I have a birbs and bowls art show. The local art association has a studio tour this fall, and I’m trying to decide if I should pay the $125 fee to sign up.

Thanks Dick. Carving has really helped my in dealing with grain, and visualizing what it’s doing inside a piece before I cut in. And each wood seems to teach me something different.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-20-2021 09:43 PM

Sufferin’ succotash!

Well done on the …burp…. Birbs !

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 05-20-2021 09:51 PM

Nice Dave! Why not build a birbhouse apartment so they can each have their own apartment?.
Then get back to your plane swap ;-P

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 05-20-2021 10:22 PM

I like them, Imagine them to be swallows myself.
Great job

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#8 posted 05-20-2021 10:26 PM

Thanks, Rob!

Duck, that’s an idea! And I’m working on the plane swap plane, but I had four coats of enamel needed on some parts, with 24 hour dry-time between coats, so I did some carving rather than sitting and watching paint dry.

Thanks, Anth! The cherry one is almost the proportions of our house finches, just a little too skinny, but I got a good profile picture to work from if I want to be more realistic.

Not sure if I do or not.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 05-20-2021 10:36 PM

Nice flock Dave!

Good thing they are not seagulls (because hair bands are sooo 80’s!)

Great way to appreciate some of the nuances of different wood species, Power tools could really care less 8^)

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#10 posted 05-20-2021 11:26 PM

Thannks, Splint! Got about a dozen scraps of various kinds of wood queued up, so there’s more learning to come. Woohoo!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 05-20-2021 11:28 PM

Looks good, nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 05-20-2021 11:44 PM

nice buddy even though simple,sometimes thats the best.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 05-20-2021 11:51 PM

As a display get an nice old dead branch and make a nest out of Spanish moss. Alabaster eggs for under and they’ll look more natural.

Perhaps beads for beady eyes?

Get folding top index card stock boxes (ULine). Knock holes in each end. Fill with excelsior and sell them as bird houses with pet birds. For 2x the $$$ of the bird alone.

Don’t forget the “hatch certificate” on fancy paper! LOL

You’re making great steaks but a little sizzle helps ‘em sell.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#14 posted 05-21-2021 12:24 AM

Nice work Dave. One of these days I’ll break out that carving knife you gave me

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Dave Polaschek

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#15 posted 05-21-2021 12:58 AM

Thanks, Tom!

Thanks, Pottz. Simple is definitely best for me at this point.

Thanks, Mark. Or I might just give them away as Comfort Birds. My sweetie’s bestie runs a hospice house, and folks might find some comfort in them.

Thanks, Keebs! Good luck with it! I find that carrying a knife and a chunk of wood with me means I don’t spend as much time on my phone when I have to wait for a few minutes somewhere.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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